Wilson, Bullard Spark Rams to 75-66 Win Over UMass Lowell

Wilson, Bullard Spark Rams to 75-66 Win Over UMass Lowell

Rhody Starters
Melendez, Wilson, Straumann, T. Johnson, Tabakman

UMass Lowell Starters
Rudolph, Samuels, McRoy, Frase, Doucette

How It Happened
Rhode Island (1-2) used its ability to get to the basket to control the second half and knock off UMass Lowell 75-66 Wednesday.

After never leading in the first half, the Rams took the lead for good on a shot from Tayra Melendez with 17:01 remaining. Though Rhody held the lead throughout the second half, UMass Lowell pulled within one point at 67-66 with 0:55 to go after Asia Mitchell-Owens hit back-to-back 3-pointers.

However, junior Symone Bullard converted an old-fashioned 3-point play with 32 seconds left to push the lead back to 70-66. In the final 32 seconds, Rhode Island shot 5-of-6 at the line with freshman Charise Wilson hitting four straight free throws to clinch the victory.

The win snapped the nation's longest road losing streak at 47 games, as Rhode Island had not won on the road since beating Brown in 71-69 in double-overtime on Dec. 8, 2010.

Inside the Box Score

  • Freshman guard Charise Wilson scored a game-high 23 points, including 15 points in the second half. She also made 11 of her 13 free throw attempts.
  • Junior Tati Johnson recorded a double-double, finishing the game with 10 points and 13 rebounds. She scored six points after the break.
  • Senior Teneka Whittaker provided a boost from the outside, making a pair of 3-point baskets. 
  • Junior Symone Bullard scored all seven of her points in the second half.
  • Rhode Island has started the same five players in each of the first three games of the season. Last season, the Rams never had the same starting lineup for more than two consecutive games.

Stats of the Game
– Rhode Island won on the road for the first time in 47 games.

1 – Head Coach Daynia La-Force won her first game at Rhode Island. 

What's Next
The Rams head to Manhattan for a game at Columbia Monday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. It's the first of three straight New York games for Rhody. Following the Columbia game, Rhode Island heads to Brooklyn for the LIU Turkey Classic.